Several years ago, at the height of the current drought, the river essentially dried up here, killing off 12,000 of the 100,000 pecan trees that belong to the Leonard family. The nearby town of Goldthwaite, 100 miles northwest of Austin and also dependent on Colorado River water, came within 90 days of losing its water supply altogether.
Pro-con: Should Victoria store water below ground?
Victoria Advocate, March 15, 2015
Texas’ near-record drought has forced public officials to take action to secure water for their communities.
The city of Victoria has looked at several options, including limiting water use and using groundwater exchange. An underground reservoir could help position the city to better handle another dry spell.